From the Trans-Siberian to the Flåm, the Orient Express to the Blue Train, the End of the World Train to the California Zephyr, the Ghan to the Tea Train. The story of railway is closely linked to the recent history of humankind – and on occasions it has played a crucial role.
There is a story of an Arab Sultan who hid a priceless treasure during the Christian siege of Almeria. The city, founded by Abd-ar-Rahman III in 955 AD, was in its last days as the Muslim territory Al-Andalus before surrendering to the Castile crown in 1489. As legend has it, the Governor hid his precious jewels in an underwater cave at Cabo de Gata, so that they would not fall into the enemy’s hands and he could recover them later, while mounting an offensive to retake the town. The Sultan died, however, without fulfilling his goal or revealing the exact location of the valuable haul. As such, the treasure remains undiscovered today, buried beneath the earth… or maybe not.
Often, when we leave home to discover other places, other cultures, new people and different gastronomy, we’re ready to sacrifice certain aspects in exchange for the new experiences we’re going to reap. When traveling, however, theres something we always want to be assured of, and that is a good, comfortable, safe place to wind down and get the most out of our days of fun or work.